UAE Police warn residents of typical scams
With many people travelling and withdrawing large amounts of cash over December and January, Police across the UAE have been keen to offer tips to make sure you stay safe. Dubai Police are excellent at giving out security tips on Twitter, so make sure you follow the official account @DubaiPoliceHQ. Here’s a few that have been mentioned on social media and in the press over the past few weeks.
Scam 1 – spit and shift
This one is a bit disgusting, hence why it works. According to recent reports from Abu Dhabi Police, this technique was used to scam AED10,000 from a person who had just withdrawn money from the ATM. A man spat on his clothes by ‘mistake’ and then proceeded to help wipe it off, while swiping the money from his pocket. The Police have warned residents to be extra vigilant around ATMs and report any incidents.
Scam 2 – prize winner
Dubai Police took to Twitter to remind residents to be wary of any phone calls suggesting that they have won a valuable prize. They tweeted: “#INFO: Call us on 901 if you receive a call from a person stating that you have won a valuable prize. #DubaiPolice YourSecurityOurHappiness.”
The likelihood is, if you haven’t entered a competition to win a prize, you probably haven’t won anything. Don’t call the number back or give out your bank details. Instead ask if there is a website you can visit to check the company out.
Scam 3 – fake wound
This is one that’s common across the world in various forms. A man who appears to have a nasty wound (or a serious health problem) will produce a sheet of paper with a list of hospital bills and treatment costs, claiming that he can’t afford them. One person who has seen this scam told us that the wound looked extremely real.
If you are unsure, the best thing to do is call for medical assistance instead of handing out money.
Scam 4 – dodgy link
Another scam highlighted by Dubai Police recently on Twitter. “Type the bank website address into your web browser. Never go to websites from a link in an email. #DubaiPolice #YourSecurityOurHappiness,” they said.
You’d be surprised of the lengths that people will go to in order to make an email or website seem official. Always type the correct website address in yourself.